In 2003 Libya’s Muammar Gaddafi stunned the world by renouncing Weapons of Mass Destruction, and inviting international inspectors to verify his decision. Eight years later, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, indulging her inner Caesar, proclaimed, “We came, we saw, he died.”
Based on that precedent, no one believes L’il Kim will give up his nukes. Premier east Asian analyst Gordon Chang begs to differ. Always listen to what Mr. Chang has to say
Gaddafi made the mistake of trusting the Davos crowd, which included Bush II, Obama and Hillary Clinton. He paid a high price for this foolish faith.
Kim, on the other hand, has never trusted these Davos idealists. If he disarmed, they would still try to take him out, because of his brutal treatment of his own people. But Trump is different. Trump doesn’t care about how Kim governs his country. It doesn’t pose any threat to us, so who cares?
If Kim disarms, Trump will leave him alone. Because Kim is sure of that, he may be willing to do it.
As the President says, “We’ll see.”